Climax (2018) - Drama, Horror, Music

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French dancers gather in a remote, empty school building to rehearse on a wintry night. The all-night celebration morphs into a hallucinatory nightmare when they learn their sangria is laced with LSD.

IMDB: 7.1
Director: Gaspar Noé
Stars: Sofia Boutella, Romain Guillermic
Length: 97 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 95 out of 303 found boring (31.35%)

One-line Reviews (243)

The dialogue was horrible and slow.

After a slow start, the movie takes its grip on you and doesnt let go after the credits roll!!!

Climax is an intense and hallucinating experience.

I mean, I guess if you're into the whole artsy thing then watch it but it was IMO a very pointless movie.

Just an awful, pretentious movie trying to be something it's not.

Don't waste your timeThis film made me write a review for the 1st time in 8 years and my last review was driller killer.

The dancing was cool, but gets tedious after awhile.

It never feels scary or horrific or terrifying, just confusing as to what the characters' motivations are at any given moment.

Dont waste your time .

It's a startling contrast and got really intense at moments.

more than half the movie, on superficial/dull banter involving very dull nitwits makes it impossible for me give the film a rating better than 3/10.

haha, what a complete and utter waste of money.

If nothing else, watch this film for the impressive visuals and choreography and because this is technically stunning!

A Total Waste of Time .

If you're a fan of film as an art form, or simply put, really INTENSE movies - you NEED to go see this ASAP, in the theater.

However, to those of us who are not so easily mesmerized by gyrating bodies, this movie is quite a bore.

This part is so pretentious and so "made to shock" and "made to discomfort" and trying to make a difference, that it actually turns out to feel baddly thought and fake.

An hour later into this plotless extravaganza, those same 'dance' routines are replayed as death throes in an, admittedly very well filmed, modern version of Dante's Inferno.

Simply a waste of time.

The second half is a boring mess of screaming, more pointless dancing, and poorly shot floor camera angles.

For me it was the most excellent and entertaining movie experience in 2018.

Do you think that ethereal smog and weird angles make up for a lack of plot?

Don't waste your time, do something else like watch your screensaver for 90 minutes....

So pretentious it made me write a review after soooo long .

Making the experience all the more intense, while, in retrospect, for the rest of the film not adding much more info about the story and development as I had already picked up.

The performances were intense and expressive, as expected of dancers.

Nothing happened except some freaked out to the point of insanity and some just kept dancing even though other people were running around hurting themselves or attacking others.

It's kind of a slow burn the first 30-45 min I felt indifferent & bored.

It was a tedious and mind-numbing experience just to make you feel uncomfortable.

Instead I got a slow (very slow) descent into madness.

Terrible and boring .

Well, it went nowhere.

Shock for the sake of shock, and a dull, slow, drag of ugliness.

Don't waste your time.

The excitement and exuberance that you feel during the first dance sequence which is shot entirely in one take will change and evolve throughout the film into sequences that are much more frightening and intense.

In the beginning you put your seatbelts on and you see the thrilling ride (opening scene in the snow) and you get frightened.

If you like your horrors full of dull (in my opinion) street dancing, this is the one for you....

Yet, this pretentious decision to over-decorate is more-or-less why the movie fails.

After a long and tedious introduction the film descends into a nightmare fever dream that is designed to provoke emotions and make you as uncomfortable as possible.

Very crappy movie made by a hand held camera with poor lighting and no story line absolutely.

it's a waste of time to even watch this movie.

) in place of any actual characters or psychological avatars, and some relentlessly boring shots of the same group of people doing the same thing over and over and over again.

Hypnotic, beautiful, thought-provoking, silly, and a bit boring .

This film definitely takes some will power for sure and the end result might also not be there, but its deff worth watching.

The last 45 minutes are long, slow and obtuse.

Overall, it's pretty boring and lacking in plot.

Don't waste your time.

We can clearly feel the hell ambiance but I didnt like it because it is too intense and not for everybody.

Overall, this movie is just a pretentious attempt at making an art movie, but really it's just a waste of time and money.

If you mix a group of low-IQ, uneducated people with alcohol and an unexpected dose of hard drugs for a night, then this film shows a possible result.

waste of time .

GenreThe progression of horror vibes after the opening was too slow.

Just do yourself a favour and dont waste your time like I did.

There is a lot of information given about the characters within the first 20 minutes or through dialogue which can be a bit confusing considering there is a lot of them and we do not immediately learn all of their names.

There appears to have been no script whatsoever.

It's that engaging.

It was as insanely gripping as the first time.

Effortlessly done- pointless .

Concluding, an pretentious avant garde art experience (whoever has had a fair share of art and experimental cinema will know that it doesn't deserve that title) that doesn't even deliver at least that experience while failing in all the rest.

Along with the lesbian couple, there are also some gay men as well, which their plight I found intriguing with the other men around.

Waste of time .

Don't be fooled by the title or tagline of "Horror", there is nothing scary, suspenseful, or rewarding.

So boring, it hurts.

Climax is one of the most thrilling and unexpected movies of all time, as well as one of the best Gaspar Noé's movies.

Super boring .

There is no plot, nothing makes any sense, the acting isn't particularly good, and neither is the dancing.

In some weird way it feels as though Climax could've gone further with some of its half-baked scenarios, plot-threads and horrors as you keep expecting the "big" moment to come but with all that had come before, including its quite thrilling opening segment, Climax ends with a whimper not with a bang.

The stories about a group of people who are having fun in any kind of places, to celebrate a party or even to prepare for the next days rehearsal, are one of the most unexpected stories to tell.

Pretentious drivel .

Pretentious and a waste of time

The director has also obviously never done LSD, and only researched BS propaganda about it and made up a completely nonsensical, totally boring film.

70 mins of erotic n repugnant gossips, unnecessary dance movements, loud music n the last 20 mins of headache inducing flickering lights, upside down shots of bizarre stuff n weird camera angles makes it a boring n abysmal film.

It is the kind of ultimately pretentious content that will have critics raving.

But script was just boring.

A group of young people who subscribe to an underground dance culture meet for a three-day weekend of intense rehearsal.

We were both really shocked how bad and boring it was.

Just no story line and no real point to the whole thing!

This movie is ridiculously stupid and pretentious.

As far as crafting an intricate psychological thriller this movie falls flat and will leave many bored and scratching their head wondering what the hype was about.

From start to finish the film was thematically impeccable but perhaps too uninteresting.

Then the next scene was a video tape interview with the characters which went on FAR too long and I don't think it added much to the plot.

Lacks an intriguing story in my opinion.


Loads of pointless dialogue in the beginning that once again led to nothing, no correlation whatsoever with what followed in the movie.

If you think thats "edgy" then you may like but if you just find it tedious trying to read upside down or backwards then head for the exit because it just gets worse,way worse after the credits roll.

A slow gradual build up to a crazy third act packed with 'action'.

With Climax Noe injects all his trademarks with good effect, such as 'out of the comfort zone' themes and stunning cinematography and effects.

Three times during the movie he blasts boring, asinine, glib phrases onto the screen, like "death is an amazing experience" or "birth is a unique opportunity" -- oh really, Mr Noe?

Then the characters stopped their dance routine and had a conversation for which was incredibly boring.

There is no plot.

What I got was a poorly paced, repetitive, and above all painfully tedious soup of mediocre and messy choreography, bad acting that was neither compelling or 'authentically' real, some very lazy stereotyping (now with extra by-the-numbers racism, misogyny, and homophobia!

However, that disorientation flows over into the rest of the experience, leaving little more than primal fear and confusion for the viewer.

I was looking for something intense to watch, something scary and disturbing that would make me think and I wouldn't forget as soon as the credits rolled.

worst movie we ever or something was lost in the translation .

Lot of dancing, sometimes was good, most of the times was boring and waited to see where it was leading.

Lots of stereotypes, falsely provocative with mainstream and empty matter.

I found it insulting that someone would create such a monstrosity and expect other people to waste their time to see it.

I wish I could give this a 0 because its pointless.

idk why, people in the US are very accustomed to "horror" in a tacky format; with dull plot lines, one dimensional characters, lacking soul, full of cliches and cringy psychopaths (without its honorable exceptions, obviously).

Arguably his most accessible film yet (not a hard task when up against Love, Irreversible and Enter the Void) but also entirely the opposite to mainstream film-making, Climax may be billed as some type of horror experience and while there are horrific moments of shock value and unexpected occurrences, Climax is more of a fever dream of a film, that when combined with its off-putting structure and often dizzying feats of camerawork, creates an experience that is hard to pin down in words.

One of the worst movies i watched.

As I left the theater to mixed reactions (a couple talking through out gave the credits the middle finger and booed, such rebels) I felt disoriented "is this a dream?

The worst movie ever seen in my entire life.

Except dance scenes I didnt like first part of movie, it is just empty.

Pointless .

If you hate yourself and you want to watch something that is going to make you feel terrible and empty then watch this movie.

Critics out there are as pretentious as this film.

lots of dancing, there is not much dialogue, really no plot instead it's all based on character interactions.

Then nothing happened.

Though the first act was a bit slow and boring, it still remained slightly entertaining and it's definitely a recommend from me.

The audience is thus placed in the same position as the characters - the absence of closing credits and the inverted image create a sense of confusion and discomfort, just as the film is depicting the surviving dancers coming out of their drug-induced mania and back to the real world.

Utterly disgusting and sheer waste of time!.

CLIMAX or how long can you stand watching boring dancers and average at best actors pretend to be on drugs?

I mean they tried so hard to make an outstanding Movie by even showing the credits at the beginning (sucked balls), but they ended up with the most CLICHÉ story I HAVE EVER SEEN.

The middle is great, everything else dragged.

Climax it's a meaningless movie about a bad LSD trip and even that's not so believable as Noé's intended to, the cast sreams (literaly) amateurish from every pore and with that comes unbearable overacting.

The film has a very bad thing to put the human being on the edge of the limit.

The thing is the pace is terrible and by that I mean that the first half of the movie is so unbelievably boring and meaningless, full of scenes of people dancing and talking about sex, drugs and gossip that it makes you angry.

This shit is unwatchable.

A really boring movie...

The supposed upcoming "climax" was an empty promise; you would see better drug trips by drawing circles on paper.

more anti-'drug' propaganda .

Skip this movie, its slow paced, boring, and while has a really cool dance scene...

Incredibly dull .

Utterly boring and untolerable .

But the way it makes them act doesn't really make sense) to kick in, and when it does, it's still tedious and just silly.

We are watching a troupe of mid-1990's French dancers rehearsing in a large, otherwise empty facility on a snowy night, and we too are unprepared for what's about to unfold.

more anti-'drug' propaganda to steer you away from activating a higher mind and realizing these people in hollywood are actually secretly all transgender.

It's not my favorite film by Noé, but I enjoyed it.

Unwatchable .

From the opening dance sequence (which might be the best in moviemaking history and by itself warrants a 2nd viewing) to the great acting and engaging script, the movie feels real and manages to balance humor and horror with actual emotional heft.

Awkward, poorly acted, maddeningly boring .

Mind blowing cinematography with a cult feel .

Most Boring Movie I've Ever Had To Sit Through .

"Climax" is right to the point for the most part and starts of with a breathtakingly engaging dancing performance.

And not surprisingly, the part I found the most entertaining and interesting was the climax itself.

Psychedelic Dance Horror Shouldn't be Boring .

With fast scenes and sometimes slowburn, but intense and unforgetable for sure.

The chapter titles were pretentious.

Every little story in this sloppy and gross pastiche is the most simple take on every LSD cliché ever told.

Not a fun movie, but awe inspiring nonetheless .

The initial dance sequence is shown in full and it is quite stunning in its energy and physicality and athleticism.

I found the first third to be entertaining.

Their reactions to the situation felt so real that it made the film so much more engrossing and hard to watch.

All of the dialogue felt utterly pointless and added nothing to the film.

It actually feels like you are tripping along, knowing things will get worse and more intense with no chance of coming down.

Now with that said, during the set up of this film, I found myself bored and wanting to get into it.

We are introduced to the dancers in sequences that go on way too long.

It looked like someone had a camera and filmed the most boring, pointless conversations that come out of the mouths of adolescents....

Yawn, what a bore.

Sitges Film Festival ReviewAfter Love and the amazing but way too long Enter the Void, I feel like people where a bit concerned when it came to NOE.

There's no plot and certain scenes go on for way too long.

Was waste of time that left me with a bad taste in my mouth.

The first half of the movie is dance music and tedious dialog.

Let me start by saying that it is the most engrossing film I have ever seen.

Loved: -the claustrophobic feel of an actual lsd trip -the incredible dance sequence -the unexpected "twist" -The parallels with contemporary french society (although perhaps unintentional)

This film is utter garbage, two of the dance routines last a combined 25 minutes, it should come with a warning that this film will only appeal to pretentious modern art lovers.

Voices and temperaments are clearly engaging, from the opening instant.

To get into this, the synopsis is French dancers gather in a remote, empty school building to rehearse on a wintry night.

Not a lot of people get Gaspar's style, it's often mislabeled and it sometimes comes across as pretentious, none of that is true, his work is fascinating and captivating, I dare you to find a dull moment in this film, it's an exhilarating EXPERIENCE that will most definitely take your breath away, Incredible film.

Totally boring.

Climax is dance-inducing, dizziness-causing, headache-giving, nauseating, annoying, exhausting, musical, breathtaking, unharnessed, excessive, inhuman, filthy, harsh, bloodstained, colorful, high-contrasted, noisy, thrilling, crowded, torturing, revenge-seeking, nightmarish, abusive, intruding, shameful, horror, inverse, obscure, frosty and hot; it takes you to death.

You can rewatch this movie many times just like you would in a terrifying rollercoaster because of the adrenaline.

The second half of the film is incredibly boring.

Lots of pointless screaming.

However, the film could develop a little slower.

So I get the premise because I've seen many of of Noe but this was just was too pretentious and trying to neglect character building with the justification of artistry...

Boring Boring Boring!!.

Awesomely Boring and Meaningless .

The first half of the movie is super boring and after that it's just weird.

"Slow build up to ending".

The characters were all over the places and it was hard to follow them.

The long tracks played in the dance scenes are super repetitive and become tedious.

The soundtrack was nothing short of perfect, but after two visually stunning first two "parts", the third part is somewhat bland looking.

Fantastic, nearly unbearable.

When the movie ended I got in a fight with my girlfriend because I thought it was boring.

However, as enjoyable as its best sequences are, the lack of nearly any thematic depth imbues much of the film with a subtly nagging tediousness.

You've got all kinds of shots here -- dutch angles, long cuts that contribute to the chaos, even slow inversions that make you feel as if you are in a fun house at the Jersey Shore.

Low budget uninteresting and pretentious .

Believing something more sinister was at hand, it kept me on the edge of my seat for s few moments.

Queasy and chaotic; one of the most intense I've seen .

Incoherent and tedious .

The only other Gaspar film I had seen was Enter the Void, and while I thought that was a worthwhile experience, it went on for far too long and is not nearly as enjoyable as this.

Until something unexpected would happen to the main characters, who would live in a nightmare which they cannot escape.

It was like a low budget, student film effort attempting to combine some Reefer Madness era "cautionary" propaganda fueled hysteria with extremely far left Social Justice ideas...

Overall, Climax is an experience that's worth watching.

Its basically aimed at a pretentious audience who believe they have superior taste to others because they think "enjoy" things the majority rightly ignore or that because the movie is in French its somehow above critique.

If you decide to watch this movie please be ready for an intense movie.

absolute waste if time ....

Conclusion: piece of flaming garbage, don't waste your time.

More than half the movie is spent with these characters just talking, and their conversations are dull.

Red backdrops are now boring, I get it, red means danger, love, sex, blood etc etc. pumping pulsing soundtracks are there to disorientate and unsettle, boring, next, move along.

I think that Noe has the technical chops to be among the greatest horror directors in this decade, but needs to connect these cinematic tools to a narrative and message that are as compelling as the execution themselves.

it was all just pointless grunting, screaming and crying...

Choreography, camera, music, lighting and story meshed in perfect harmony to drag you into a thrilling horror-trip.

I was anticipating to see Gaspar Noe's view of such an intriguing story.

An intense, exhilarating, exciting and terrifying experience.

Some of the snippets of the conversations between the characters went on for far too long.

Climax, for me, was dull and predictable.

Are you a failed theater or film major who wants to bore people at parties with long diatribes about continuous shots and camera lenses?

Don't waste your time watching this film, it's pure garbage.

To me it was simply boring.


Pretentious and unpleasant.

The first 45 minutes are plain dull and just portraits people talking and mumbling.

No plot whatsoever, no tension, very poor acting.

Equal parts horrifying thriller, a modern musical and a visual lsd trip, it's incredibly innovative and engaging, without evwn a dull moment.

Couldn't even finish it, left the theater.

step up boring french version .

That's how boring it is .

It's pointless garbage.

The first half of the movie is pointless dance scenes that add nothing.

When I wasn't mesmerized by the insanely beautiful dance scenes, I was bored to tears by the characters explaining the plot each other or trying to cover my laughter in the theatre.

This leaves us with a film that is more empty than it seems.

Pointless .

The story is slow and pretentious.

Long videoclip boring with a few distressful touches .

I don't know what movie all these people giving out 6,7,8+ star ratings were watching, because this movie is one of the dumbest, most idiotic, pointless exercises in stupidity that I have had the unfortunate displeasure to have seen.

Just more pretentious crap from Gaspar Noe.

"Climax" is intriguing from the very first scene introducing the cast and the premise.

Don't waste you time on this "movie" unless you enjoy subjecting yourself to poorly produced attempts at suggestive "programming".

This segment includes yet another utterly pointless lengthy musical number.

The camera work is so bland and uncreative it doesn't allow you to get interested in the dialogue.

I've seen reviews that say it's conservative art propaganda.

Every scene is drawn out Acting is not believable Upside down camera work at the end was annoying No conclusion Was NOT a horror Boring.

Bad acting, no plot, nothing really happens.

Following this, things retain interest and intensity, but the plot is slow to progress, which after a time makes things appear tiresome.

I liked the reference back to the beginning when we see somebody drugging herself through her eyes, something another character has described very early in the movie and yeah watching it is far more intense than just hearing it.

Unfortunately, in Climax Gaspar Noé has no story to tell, no message to deliver, just a poor, weak excuse of a remotely imaginative concept to let loose on the screen an increasingly annoying collection of sexual graphic scenes, violent imagery and deranged acts that feel out of place even in the context of the movie.

It took far too long for anything shocking to occur.

Granted, there's nothing here to rival The Butcher's sickening attack on his pregnant wife from Seul contre tous (1998), or the near-unwatchable rape and fire extinguisher scenes from Irréversible (2002).

Plus about 60 or so minutes of empty sensationalism.

I haven't read any reviews, but they probably believe that the film makes some "powerful statement about our inherent barbarism" or some such pretentious laughable malarkey.

The movie is extremely dull and drags on and on and on with close to nothing happening and no forward motion in the plot.

Blue seems to represent a rare environment of safety, like the blue room where two of the girl students make out and calmly fall asleep within, locking out the madness of the dance hall and their partners.

2 - Theres no plot whatsoever.

The auteur filmmaker Gaspar Noé seems intrigued to explore this theme, in the most unexpected way and unforgettable way.

Nothing interesting has happened, I'm bored, and annoyed that I'm wasting so much time.

At the end it was a waste of time and only one question: why?

This is a meaningless movie with no Plot.

Bored to tears .

dosen't matter and is a waste of time.

I wouldn't recommend it to anyone for the simple reason that the first half is boring and the second half is so disturbing that it's impossible to go through without cringing to the whole craziness of it all.